41 Cairo (Port Said) Cruise Reviews

the port of call was cancelled by the ship 1 day after final payment was due - kind of underhanded. Took a private trip to Cairo after the cruise ended - it is a city to be experienced!
the port of call was cancelled by the ship 1 day after final payment was due - kind of underhanded. Took a private trip to Cairo after the cruise ended - it is a city to be experienced! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
booked through Rames tours, bus was dirty. Guide was very knowledgeable
booked through Rames tours, bus was dirty. Guide was very knowledgeable Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Port Sokhna for(Cairo)not allowed ashore if not booked on a bus tour ,A round trip to Cairo is 7 hours we declined this trip .
Port Sokhna for(Cairo)not allowed ashore if not booked on a bus tour ,A round trip to Cairo is 7 hours we declined this trip . Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
Egypt - we joined a cruise critic group and a bus of 30+ went for an overnight into Cairo with Ramses Tours. Ramses included 2 lunches, the hotel and entrance fees to the sites. At $198 each, we felt it was a great value. Cairo is a ... Read More
Egypt - we joined a cruise critic group and a bus of 30+ went for an overnight into Cairo with Ramses Tours. Ramses included 2 lunches, the hotel and entrance fees to the sites. At $198 each, we felt it was a great value. Cairo is a city like no other. The traffic, congestion and smog have to be unmatched by the places frequented by most travelers. Totally unbelievable!!! Seeing the pyramids was certainly a wonderful experience - we crawled under the pyramids in one instance also. The hawkers are unbelievable...we were harassed beyond belief at every turn. They sell you the opportunity to climb up on the pyramid, which is a no no, and sell you the chance to take your picture with them or their camel. Then of course they are selling trinkets...the joke was that everything was one dollar until you got it in your hands...once you are holding something the price automatically jumps to four or five dollars. They are quite sneaky and even a seasoned traveler would have to be on alert. Given the insane traffic, we arrived back 1 hour later than the all aboard time. Thankfully three buses from the cruise tours were even later so the ship did not leave without us. If your overnight includes a night at Le Meridien, I would give it 3 stars by American standards. Certainly functional for the night. People who ate in their restaurant said it was good and was reasonably priced. We brought apples, oranges and rolls from the boat and had a picnic in our room after a hot shower. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
The port of Sukhna was where we stopped for those visiting the Egyptian sites. We chose to stay on board and were pleased that we did not venture out into the port at all as there was a sandstorm which obliterated everything beyond 50 ... Read More
The port of Sukhna was where we stopped for those visiting the Egyptian sites. We chose to stay on board and were pleased that we did not venture out into the port at all as there was a sandstorm which obliterated everything beyond 50 yards or so. This was delivered by a 40 knot wind which necessitated the Captain using his engines to keep the ship on station and for a while the gangways were not operable. This storm threatened to delay our Sueze Canal transit the next day as the holding port where ships congregate before entering the canal was closed. All was resolved and in time for our transit fortunately. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
Interesting, good museum, however no cameras allowed anywhere in Egppt Antiquities Museum. King Tut's floor is a must see. At Pyramids beware of Camel Rides. They will get you up on a camel, then not let you down unless you pay ... Read More
Interesting, good museum, however no cameras allowed anywhere in Egppt Antiquities Museum. King Tut's floor is a must see. At Pyramids beware of Camel Rides. They will get you up on a camel, then not let you down unless you pay additional. Egyptian Hotels served very good food. Egyptian people were very friendly and loving to all tourists. They are really hurting economically since the reveloution due to less tourism. We tipped them well to help out !! Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
The trip to the pyramids was a very long day but worth it. We had an armed security guard on each coach (15 coaches in total) and a police escort. For the first few minutes of the journey coming out of the port, the roads had police road ... Read More
The trip to the pyramids was a very long day but worth it. We had an armed security guard on each coach (15 coaches in total) and a police escort. For the first few minutes of the journey coming out of the port, the roads had police road blocks so we could drive through quickly. You soon got used to this. We went inside one of the pyramids. Not recommended if you have breathing problems, mobility problems or are claustrophobic, however, I have mild asthma and still managed to go down into the pyramid, I did panic part way down but then made a determined effort to carry on. I was so glad I did (not that there is a lot to see) but I can always say I was inside a pyramid. We were hassled all the time by street sellers. They would not leave us alone. The best camera shots were at the Sphinx. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
The Cairo Museum is a must, there is so much to see that you could spend two days in there. you get a couple of hours in a packed inferno of commotion. You are supplied with 'whispers' radio headphones and the guide therefore has ... Read More
The Cairo Museum is a must, there is so much to see that you could spend two days in there. you get a couple of hours in a packed inferno of commotion. You are supplied with 'whispers' radio headphones and the guide therefore has your ear at least. Far too rushed and chaotic, you are told when you can pee and when you cannot - I'm not joking! You get 10 min to do your own thing- that includes the toilet and the optional mummy tours that cost an extra £16. These exhibitions are at opposite sides of the museum ( 2 displays). Well worth seeing- even if you are 5 min late to get back! Astonishing to see these preserved icons of Egyptian history. Giza pyramids follow on from the Cairo tour. Well worth a visit, I went inside one to have a look and feel of the internal atmosphere, cost an extra £7 but worth it to me. You need to be able to negotiate a steep ramp stairway while bent over, only takes 10min but you see internal chambers, and a segregated tomb section.surprisingly cool inside. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
We went on the trip to the Pyramids from Port Said.Their is a choice of three trips all that end up at the Pyramids. We went on the "easier" of the three. WE went on a convoy of about 12 coaches all with guards on board and with ... Read More
We went on the trip to the Pyramids from Port Said.Their is a choice of three trips all that end up at the Pyramids. We went on the "easier" of the three. WE went on a convoy of about 12 coaches all with guards on board and with an escort. Don't be alarmed apparently its the norm. Its a three and a half hour trip to Cairo through loads of checkpoints which you just drive through. Cairo is one big traffic jam. We made our way to the Mosque of Mohamed Ali also the fort of Saladin. Its well worth a visit but ladies to have to cover their shoulders and tops of their arms or your not allowed in. We then had lunch on a Nile cruiser. Lunch was a hot buffet and very nice.We were treated to belly dancing and a cruise up and down the Nile for about an hour. Then we made our way to the Pyramids. They are awesome but are sadly ruined by the large army or rude locals who try to peddle their wares but won't take no for an answer. You say no thank you and they just keep going to the point that when you get to the next pyramid you don't want to get off the coach because you know whats coming up.This trip also included the Sphinx. You could pay an extra 6 pounds to go inside the smaller pyramid but the tunnel it is only about 3ft high and only wide enough for one to enter. Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
Another dirty city but near Pyramids. Some stayed there overnight and were fine and found a nice hotel. Polution and Nile cruise not healthy. Museum was overrated. I didn't mind it but could have done without. Some chose museum and ... Read More
Another dirty city but near Pyramids. Some stayed there overnight and were fine and found a nice hotel. Polution and Nile cruise not healthy. Museum was overrated. I didn't mind it but could have done without. Some chose museum and others the Nile and combined with the pyramids. Glad we did. Best of the museum artifacts have been taken around the world so this is unnecessary. Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
Must do: Egyptian Museum & Pyramids of Giza If you can: ride a camel at Giza It's everything you've dreamed of! Get on the camel at Giza, it's fantastic! NO cameras allowed in Egyptian Museum, don't even try
Must do: Egyptian Museum & Pyramids of Giza If you can: ride a camel at Giza It's everything you've dreamed of! Get on the camel at Giza, it's fantastic! NO cameras allowed in Egyptian Museum, don't even try Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
We took a tour with Ramses and the guide was Islam (not an uncommon name). This was one of the best tour on the whole trip. The guide was very good, easy to understand and full of info. Islam knew where to get the best photos and was happy ... Read More
We took a tour with Ramses and the guide was Islam (not an uncommon name). This was one of the best tour on the whole trip. The guide was very good, easy to understand and full of info. Islam knew where to get the best photos and was happy to take them for you. Cairo is mostly about the pyramids -- they're just like what you've seen in the photos but now you'll be in the photos. Ramses arranged that we'd all get a camel ride and although it was kind of scary on that camel -- it provided some great photos. the tombs at Saqqara have some amazing ancient artwork that I wouldn't have missed for anything. The second day we saw a mosque and the museum. If you ever visited a museum with a King Tut exhibit, that day could be changed for something else -- maybe Alexandria. Definitely a highlight for me. Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
The port here is Port Said - most passengers took a trip to Cairo and the Pyramids on this day. Having been there the year before we decided to venture out in to Port Said itself. Never again. Sadly it is dirty and did not have much to ... Read More
The port here is Port Said - most passengers took a trip to Cairo and the Pyramids on this day. Having been there the year before we decided to venture out in to Port Said itself. Never again. Sadly it is dirty and did not have much to recommend it. We went to the National Military Museum and were the only visitors to see a poorly designed museum, with explanations in terrible English and full of pictures of Egyptian generals in warrior-like poses. Not to be recommended (but then the entrance fee was very small!) If you have seen the pyramids and done Cairo and the museum then I would recommend a relaxing day on the Azamara. Read Less
Sail Date November 2010
The scale of it all, the awesomeness of the place. What can I say. It was incredible. We went with a private operator, Ramsees, who took us around in a small bus and kept us ahead of the crowds and minimized the heat. Our guide, Kareem, ... Read More
The scale of it all, the awesomeness of the place. What can I say. It was incredible. We went with a private operator, Ramsees, who took us around in a small bus and kept us ahead of the crowds and minimized the heat. Our guide, Kareem, was fantastic and flexible to the needs of our group. Don't expect things to be clean, though. Take lots have hand sanitizer and don't eat the fruit or drink the water. Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
Awesome. The city that never sleeps. It is so alive....and so polluted. There are no traffic lights or rules....yet there are no accidents. We did a two day excursion with an overnight in Cairo that was totally worth every minute. The ... Read More
Awesome. The city that never sleeps. It is so alive....and so polluted. There are no traffic lights or rules....yet there are no accidents. We did a two day excursion with an overnight in Cairo that was totally worth every minute. The pyramids are awesome and majestic. We saw the light and sound show and it was very interesting to see the pyramids and sphinx all lite up at night. The next day we went to Saqqara and visited the Step pyramid and one of the mastabas. Then onto the Mosque of Mohamed Ali. Memphis was a bit disappointing because there are so few ruins. However, the fallen statute of Ramses (housed) is well worth seeing. Then onto Giza and the great pyramids and sphinx. Our tour guide was exceptional and explaining everything. The vendors were out in full force, but we followed our guide's advice to ignore them and not take anything they offered to us (just let it fall) and we were left alone. It worked. If you have the opportunity, this is definitely a trip worth taking. Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
I chose to go to Cairo from Port Said. It was very interesting going through the city. We went by convoy almost to Cairo (which is aa 2 hour bus ride). Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave us information off and on the entire trip. ... Read More
I chose to go to Cairo from Port Said. It was very interesting going through the city. We went by convoy almost to Cairo (which is aa 2 hour bus ride). Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave us information off and on the entire trip. Sakkara (or Saqqara) was interesting as the step pyramid was unique. We were asked if we wanted to go in the pyramid which was an additional cost. It is very claustrophobic. You bend down and walk inside heading down then small area to stand up quickly and you bend down again to walk up to the inner chamber. In the inner chamber there is nothing but a guard and and external coffin where the sarcophagus would have been. You can not take your camera and really nothing to see - but if you want to see the inside of a pyramid then pay the $2 or so to see it. It may not be open forever. Our guide also told us that he had someone set up for camel rides and pictures at the pyramids. We paid $1.00 for a picture and $3. for a ride. Use someone that the guide recommends or that is prearranged with them. Some travellers ended up being told it would be $2 - $4 but when they got on the camels were advised they would have to pay more to get off and had too. The food was very good at the hotel. Tour was great and our guide was available for questions on the way back however most of us were too exhausted and slept. Read Less
Sail Date September 2010
Long journey from Alexandria to Giza and Cairo Museum. Well worth the journey but again wasted a lot of time at a Papyrus Facrory.
Long journey from Alexandria to Giza and Cairo Museum. Well worth the journey but again wasted a lot of time at a Papyrus Facrory. Read Less
Sail Date September 2010
We did the museum and pyramids.Takes 3.5 hours from Ashood on the ships tour with an armed escort,but that's nothing to worry about.Cairo is a dump,with litter everywhere.The guide will charge you £16 pp to see the mummys,because ... Read More
We did the museum and pyramids.Takes 3.5 hours from Ashood on the ships tour with an armed escort,but that's nothing to worry about.Cairo is a dump,with litter everywhere.The guide will charge you £16 pp to see the mummys,because they say there will be a big queue to get tickets to see them.There wasn't any queue at all when we went in there,but you have to pay in Egyptian pounds equivalent to about £11. Pyramids are good but lots of hassle from traders.Lunch on this trip was superb,in fact the best that we have ever had on a trip on any cruise line.It's a long day(about 13 hours)but hey,if you are in Egypt you've got to see the Pyramids.They take you to a papyrus shop after the pyramids to try to get you to part with some money.It's quite interesting but wouldn't do it again.The tour guide on the ship told us before we started to remember that NOTHING IN EGYPT IS FREE.How right he was.Even as you leave the ship there is a queue of traders "giving"you a bag with Egypt on it,then a few yards on there's another chap asking you for money for it. Read Less
Sail Date September 2010
Cairo - Loads of tours on offer - we took 'Classic Cairo' £120 a head. 2 and a half hour drive to Cairo in comfy air-con bus. Guide excellent. Got to Cairo museum - chaos ensued. No car park, - so dropped at the entrance with ... Read More
Cairo - Loads of tours on offer - we took 'Classic Cairo' £120 a head. 2 and a half hour drive to Cairo in comfy air-con bus. Guide excellent. Got to Cairo museum - chaos ensued. No car park, - so dropped at the entrance with 10million other people. Queued to get in (price included in tour), all the while trying to keep site of the rest of the group/tour guide. Given audio guide to hear the tour guide as she walked us throught the museum. Absolutely PACKED - could hardly see the tour guide never mind what exhibit she was talking about. No fun. After an hour in the very hot (no air con) museum, we were given 20 mins to ourselves to go in and see Tutenkamun's face mask and coffins. Absolutely amazing to see - made up for the previous hour. Then a mad dash to find out way back to the meeting point to then exit and wait for our bus to arrive for us all to jump on. Note - you must leave cameras and video equipment on the bus, as not allowed in museum - very strict (metal detectors, armed guards). Driver stays on bus while you are in the museum so your stuff is safe with him. Then drove to a 'posh' hotel for lunch - buffet style. Very nice, just don't eat anything raw like salad. Then drove to Giza Pyramids, 5 mins away. Highlight of the holiday for us - absolutely amazing. About 1 hour free time to wander about and take photos. All on the flat - no climbing. Local 'arabs' will offer to stand beside you for a photo - hunt them as they will expect a tip. Although busy, not too crowded. Bus then moved you (2 mins) to another side of the Pyramids for another hour of free time. Then a 5 min journey to the Sphynx. 1/2 hour there, then back on the bus. At some point, the bus will take you for a 45 min stop at a 'Papyrus' shop for a 'demonstration'. Extortinate. Note - the Cruise ship will strongly advise you to buy their bottled water before you go on the tour as you will die a horrific slow painful death if you buy the local bottled water. Costs $4.54 a litre bottle on board. Rip-off - the buses have a supply of chilled sealed bottled water and cans of coke (both free). Plenty to go round. Then 2 and a half hour drive back to ship. Although expensive, really glad we did it. No way could you do it on your own. Others took the Cairo trip that included a sail on the nile. They all thought it was rubbish. Read Less
Sail Date September 2010

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